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The New Millionaires! Enterprise Reignited as Etisalat Unveils EasyBusiness Millionaires Hunt II Winners

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The Etisalat EasyBusiness Millionaires Hunt II (EBMH 2), which commenced early in the year, ended in grandeur on Tuesday, 13th of October, 2015 as winners filed out to receive their cash and equipment support from Etisalat Nigeria during the Winners’ Unveil event in Lagos.

The winners, who presented the 10 most successful business ideas, were chosen from the list of top 50 contestants after a rigorous process that ran into months. Each of the top 10 winners was rewarded with a grant of N2,000,000. In addition, each of the top 50 contestants received office equipment including a laptop computer, an all-in-one scanner and printer in addition to six-month mentoring.

Over 3000 applications were sent in for this year’s edition out of which 50 best business ideas were professionally selected. The 50 were trained in business and project management, marketing, customer relations and digitalisation at no cost at the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the prestigious Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos for one week.

Speaking at the evening event, Matthew Willsher, CEO of Etisalat Nigeria said, “Today, we are celebrating the emergence of a new crop of entrepreneurs with a difference. These are a group of young men and women whose brilliant minds have set apart from their equals“.

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The lucky and equally grateful winners in no particular order are:
Hauwa Liman, Ukamaka Ugwuoju, Oluwaseyi Dada, Toby Jejephilip, Abigail Adewumi, Oyeboade Makinde, Yewande Towobola, Franke Okoye, Tunji Akande and Tomi Adegbenro.

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9 Comments

  1. Prince

    October 19, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Well done ETISALAT. Good job

  2. Somtoo

    October 19, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    yay…i see Tunji Akande…Congrats dearie. He really is very hard working

  3. cheryl

    October 19, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    yaaayyy, i see my frnd, Seyi, congrats gurllll

  4. rosemary

    October 19, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Yaaaay!!! See TJP…….oh my! Congrats gurlieee

  5. chi

    October 20, 2015 at 5:31 am

    It was a fraudulent selection. A friend of mine was amongst the 50 participants. They have brought in man-know- man Nigerian factor into it. The best ideas didn’t win. People with most contact won!

  6. Bb

    October 20, 2015 at 10:14 am

    It wasn’t a fraudulent selection, just because your friend didn’t win,he must be a bad looser,only bad loosers talk that way.none of the winners knew anyone.They pitched deir businesses and won. People just be talking rubbish onto dem say dem say,something you can’t prove.

    • chi

      October 21, 2015 at 12:19 am

      You needed to be there to understand. No more comment from me. The people that participated know better. EDC manipulated the selection process.

  7. dinma

    October 28, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    @chi very fraudulent, my colleague at work was there and I know he doesn’t lie he said everyone was dissapointed except the ten people selected , a palm oil distributor, a guy selling tissue papers i , one babe distributes vegetables from house to house , a guy makes beads and jeweries, one washes peoples cars , one is a poultry farmer etc . and we say these businesses are the innovative businesses out Nigeria ! it is very shameful , where among the fifty contestants, i was told there is a guy who manufactured a very strong interlocks from generated waste who was not selected as part of the best ten, theres a guy who can call bees to anywhere and start extracting their honey without using jazz o , one guy manufactured a solar machine that sells for just 50k and goes 72 hours charging phones , laptops, one big standing fan a tv. another guy invented an automated catholic church bell that automatically rings when its time for mass, one guy also design a quickteller kinda payment gateway for PSPs, anothey guy desin app for connecting mechanic wt car owners, spare parts and travellers, one design a database for hairdressers, one for insurance, another for owambe people, etc … all these are the modern day technology that the whites are using to benefit their society not these brick and mortar businesses that EDC is celebrating , and they say they are Xtian school with intergrity.

  8. Tobat

    November 1, 2015 at 6:57 pm

    I have lost all respect for EDC. It is the worst selection I have seen in my life. Even the MC of the occasion impulsively exclaimed “What’s happening guys? are you people not smart, the top 7 all going to the ladies” when out of 50 contestants comprising of 16 females and 34 males, the top 7 ideas were awarded to the ladies and the last 3 to the men out of whom some of them are allegedly related to top EDC people. ! When called by Etisalat to give the criteria used for the selection, we were all disappointed as the EDC people kept rambling without being able to give any clear single criterium. If I was an investor, I won’t give my penny to the EDC people cos they can’t make objective decisions. They are most likely to run any business to disaster by mingling pleasure with business. They only used Etisalat money to pay their cronies. This is possibly why they are not business people in the first place. Though we have to give Etisalat the credit for good initiative. But they need to review their partnership with EDC which has since lost its credibility.

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